Archive for May, 2005

memorial day weekend

Tuesday, May 31st, 2005

We had a really nice holiday weekend, a few different things happening but mostly just hanging out and having family time together. My friend Rick came over for dinner and cake on Sunday – Toby was a bit nervous of him at first, probably because he thought that Rick would be a babysitter and Emma and I would be going out. However they soon got over their differences and did some playing together (Toby’s really into puzzles right now and it’s wonderful to watch him working them out) so that when Rick left Toby said, “Mr. Rick is a very nice man, isn’t he daddy? I didn’t need to be scared”. We also did a lot of yard work and the front garden is coming on very well. Toby helped me with putting down the mulch and doing watering, which I think he really enjoyed.

Toby has this thing right now when he’ll announce “I got an idea!”. It used to be that we’d say “What’s your idea, Toby?” and he wouldn’t answer, but now he shouts out “Me!”

Also Sunday night was the first night on about four months when he didn’t come through to our room in the night – a miracle. Last night, however, he came through at around 4. The dawn chorus had just started and he was complaining that he didn’t “like to hear the birds talking”. It sounds kind of cute now I suppose.

new toby photos

Friday, May 27th, 2005

Finally got round to putting new Toby pictures up – they are at Hope you like them. A few of family visiting us, and of us visiting family.

What could have been a horrible morning (we were out of coffee) turned out quite well. Emma had to leave early for work, so Toby and I rode the bus downtown, which he loved. In fact he was quite upset when we had to get off. Now I have my cup of excellent coffee and I’m feeling much better.

photo, ipodded

Wednesday, May 25th, 2005

A couple of months ago Emma and I read about the iPod My Photo website, where you can send them a picture which they will ipoddify – making it like one of the images in the iPod adverts. We found a perfect pic of Sam, Toby and Lauren bouncing on a bed, and got it sent to them – here you go (click on the photo for full size):

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The original is here

want and need one

Tuesday, May 24th, 2005

We never got a roomba (robot vacuum cleaner) because I didn’t really trust that it would clean as well as our Dyson, which is an excellent machine. However, I see that the Roomba’s maker, iRobot, are about to release the Scooba – a robot floor mop. The article I linked to has the company’s very perceptive comment that people don’t particularly like vacuuming, but they really hate mopping.

Anyway, my birthday is coming up, June 10th, and while I don’t think the Scooba will be released before then, bear it in mind for me for next year.

there goes that idea

Monday, May 23rd, 2005

And I was so close to finishing my time machine, but it looks like the whole idea is not going to work after all. Ah well.

But – if it was possible to build a time machine surely we’d know about it because people from the future would have told us about it? Surely?

busy weekend

Monday, May 23rd, 2005

Lots happened at the weekend. Saturday morning we went to the Minnesota Science Museum in St Paul, so that Toby could roar at some dinosaurs, which he did quite effectively. In the afternoon I had a rehearsal for a concert at the cathedral – Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius, which is a huge piece. We had a choir of 90ish and an orchestra of over 60. While I was at the rehearsal, Emma and Toby went to Paul and Claire’s for the afternoon so that the ladies could go shopping and the kids went out to play (read about their exploring and see a photo here). The concert went very well on the night, apart from one bit falling apart somewhat – how hard is it to watch the damn beat? – and the audience seemed to enjoy it. It was kind of exhausting though: because we had so many people squeezed in there was no space for seats for the choir so we had to stand through the whole one and three quarter hours. While I was out singing, Emma gave Toby a haircut and then they watched Toy Story which I think he enjoyed, although when Woody and Buzz Lightyear weren’t getting on he kept saying, “I don’t like the buzz”.

Sunday we had the usual morning service at church, and also the last evensong of the season for me in the afternoon. The choir was a bit wiped out but we retained the energy to do some noisy Kenneth Leighton stuff, and miraculously I was still able to hit the top notes. A pleasant doing-nothing kind of evening followed, with bath time for Toby and interrupted only by the trauma of him falling down the stairs, poor guy. It’s a miracle it hasn’t happened before – I think he just tripped over his feet about four steps from the bottom. No particular harm done apart from a bit of a black eye, and he’s been much more careful on the stairs since. Maybe he’s growing again – the last time he had a growth spurt he was very clumsy for a week or so.

unbalanced but fair

Wednesday, May 18th, 2005

Yes, this article is clearly from a very partisan source, but it does a great job of listing full quotes from George Galloway at the Senate inquisition yesterday. Like I said yesterday, I’m no particular fan of “gorgeous” George, but good work from him in standing up to the nonsense that was hurled at him.

chubby boy

Wednesday, May 18th, 2005

Paul has just fixed the gallery on his family blog. He sent me a link to a very cute picture of Lauren, Toby and Sam. Toby’s certainly looking different these days with his hair and so much less chubbiness.

bad fruit

Wednesday, May 18th, 2005

While Toby is away (he gets back this afternoon) I’ll have to rely on other children for amusing stories. So yesterday while I was at the grocery store I was choosing some lovely fresh organic veggies, standing next to the selection of pre-cut watermelons, and heard the following exchange:

Small Girl: Mommy, why are those melons sitting in ice?

Mom: Because it stops them from going bad

Small Girl: [indistinct but slightly upset sounding comment]

Mom: No it’s OK, watermelons don’t become evil.

kick ass

Tuesday, May 17th, 2005

I’m no particular fan of George Galloway, but I do admire the fact that he stridently took on the US Senate today, in no uncertain terms. If nothing else it’s a good thing to see someone speaking out and standing up to them:

Far from displaying the forelock-tugging deference to which senators are accustomed, Mr Galloway went on the attack.

He rubbished committee chairman Norm Coleman’s dossier of evidence and stared him in the eye.

“Now I know that standards have slipped over the last few years in Washington, but for a lawyer, you are remarkably cavalier with any idea of justice,” the MP declared.

The whole room scanned Mr Coleman’s face for a reaction. The senator shifted in his seat – nervously it seemed.

Here’s more, and some quotes

Family news: I had a good long chat with Toby again today, and again it was about the steam engine which seems to have been quite the highlight of his trip. The newsworthy thing is how English his accent has become in just a week.